WASHINGTON (June 25) — The U.S. Senate has passed an energy bill that would require all cars, light trucks and sport-utility vehicles to meet a corporate average fuel economy of 35 mpg by 2020.
The current CAFE standard, 27.5 mpg for cars and 22.2 mpg for light trucks, has been in place since 1989. An amendment to create $32 billion in tax incentives to develop clean fuels and renewable energy technology was defeated because of Republican opposition to the $29 billion, 10-year tax increase to oil companies to fund the tax package.
The bill as passed also contains language to create a national consumer information program on tire rolling resistance. A spokesman for the Rubber Manufacturers Association — which first advanced this language — said the RMA was pleased about its inclusion.
The fuel economy-energy debate now goes to the House of Representatives.